Category Archives: Displays/ Exhibits

THIRD: Seven with another

Sneak peak of artwork by Maria Cleary (designer/maker) + Ralph Barnett (art-director)

 

Tomorrow night (Friday)  will be the opening night for the third Seven with Another exhibition at Substation No 4. As with the previous exhibitions, seven creative types have been paired off with a contrasting and/or complimentary counterpart who is an expert in a different field. Each pair responds to a brief to come up with a conceptual piece of art that forms part of the exhibition. In the past this has ranged from interactive, illuminated sculptures to more traditional, beautifully crafted artworks.

THIRD: Seven with Another creatives include:

Alex Chomicz (film director) + Cezary Stulgis (sculptor)
Colleen Morgan (interaction designer) + Kate Stein (stylist)
Dane Middleton (sound designer) + Kirsty Boyle (robotics artist)
Igor Coric (animator) + Jesse Smith (photographer)
Kitty Horton (illustrator) + Patrick Ozmin (architectural graduate)
Maria Cleary (designer/maker) + Ralph Barnett (art-director)
Riki Salam (indigenous artist) + Steve Minon (copywriter)

If you can’t make it along on Friday, the exhibition is open from Saturday 8 October to Friday 14 October.

Yours in exhibitions,

Anya

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World

“During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World
Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, 1932

‘Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image and The World’ celebrates the life and work of French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004), one of the most influential artists in the history of 20th century photography.

This major retrospective exhibition features some of the most famous and powerful work from the renowned photographer’s extraordinary career, which spanned over 70 years.

‘The Man, The Image and The World’ showcases some of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s most acclaimed images including iconic moments in history and intimate insights into everyday life in America, Mexico, China, Japan, Bali, India, Europe and the USSR, and portraits of many of his contemporaries in the fields of art, literature and philosophy.

This exhibition is exclusive to Brisbane from 27 August – 27 November 2011. Make sure you see it before it is too late. For more information visit Queensland Art Gallery

Yours in influential artists,
Tanya.

Lomography Society

The Lomography Society  is still strong, armed with a new website displaying new products and keen Lomography enthusiasts sharing their lomo-style photos.


The Lomography craze came about when two Austrian art students, Wolfgang Stranzinger and Matthias Fiegl, stumbled across a second-hand Lomo in a Prague op-shop. Knowing it was a spy camera they took on the spy persona and captured their surroundings shooting from the hip in haphazard directions as opposed to the traditional camera composition.


The results were random moody shots, which boasted obscure light effects against vibrant colour and movement. They spread the word and students from all over Vienna were became obsessed with the spy style that is Lomography. Lomos began appearing as installations at raves; a self defined interpretation of the youth culture. And so, the Lomographic revolution began.

They’ve even set 10 golden rules to live by:

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it any time – day and night.
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
4. Try the shot from the hip.
5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
6. Don’t think.
7. Be fast.
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don’t worry about any rules.

I’ve been following Lomography for a while now and hope that one day they will bring out a digital camera as I have lost the will for slide/film. Until the digital Lomo comes out I will keep cheating with the ‘Hipstamatic’ iPhone ap. Here are my results with my iPhone 3…

Yours in Photography,
Amber van Sloten

 

SmartClinics opens at Westfield Chermside on September 19

I’m impatient, work long hours and not loyal to any particular doctor – I guess I’m fitting right into the Gen-Y stereotype! But seriously, when I need a basic prescription or need some basic medical care I just want to pop in and out of the doctor’s as quickly as possible – and I’d think many working Australians would be much the same (gee, that was a bit ALP wasn’t it…”working Australians”).

This is why I’m excited about SmartClinics – the new medical clinic run by Nurse Practitioners, opening at Westfield Chermside on September 19. Now full disclosure, SmartClinics is a client of ours and we’ve been busily working on their design and advertising in preparation for the launch, but really I can’t wait until it’s open.

I think SmartClinics is going to be a really great service for those of us who are fed up with trying to sneak out during lunch and then suffer the long wait in reception before our 10 minute appointment (although I love the trashy mags, do we really need to spend 45 minutes in the waiting room?). SmartClinics will open from 7am-9pm, 7 days a week – thank you weekend and night trading! Plus the appointments are quick and cheap – only $28 for a basic consultation. Now they just need to come to the south side of Brisbane!

Clinics like this have been operating in the US and UK for quite some time now so I’m not sure what all the fuss is about but obviously some GPs think SmartClinics is a teeny bit controversial…check out this piece on Channel 10

Check them out at www.smartclinics.com.au

Yours in innovative health care,
Janet

Amazing Local Talent at the Brisbane Writers Festival


Image: Betty Churcher’s Notebooks

It’s Brisbane Writers Festival time again and Brisbane is in for a real treat when local born and one of Australia’s best loved art critics, Betty Churcher showcases her most beloved works, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya, Velzquez, Courbet and Cezanne, with her own amazing illustrations in her latest book, Notebooks, at the Brisbane Writers Festival this week. Betty Churcher will talk about Notebooks and her experiences in creating the drawings at the Festival on Friday 9th September 2011.

A 2006 trip to London and Madrid to see the paintings that had captivated her since childhood resulted in the writing of this book.

Notebooks is a collection of Betty Churcher’s own illustrations. A trained artist, Betty’s sketches reveal the secrets within the artworks and the processes of their creation.

Betty has been an art critic for The Australian and wrote and presented several television series on art including, Take Five and Hidden Treasures. She holds an Order of Australia and is an Officer of the Order of Australia.

This book is full of the magic of great art, and through it, Betty Churcher has achieved her belief that art has the power to transport the viewer to another place and time.

Yours in Great Art
Angie Rapisarda

Brio Group’s running the Bridge to Brisbane!

 

That’s right! The kids at Brio Group are going to attempt to run (yes run) the Bridge to Brisbane next Sunday. It’s going to be tough – my body is really only equipped to exercise in short bursts (lasting no longer than a hornpipe – sometimes not even that long) and as we’re glued to our computers most days, we aren’t the fittest bunch. But we think it’s time we all got out and did some exercise for a good cause.

We’re raising money for the Hear and Say Centre, our charity for the year. Hear and Say is one of the leading Paediatric Auditory-Verbal and cochlear implant centres in the world, teaching children who are deaf or hearing impaired to listen and speak since 1992.

We’ll be sponsoring Rhylee for the next 12 months and following his journey. Rhylee is a 4 year old boy who lives in the south of Brisbane, who needs a cochlear implant in each ear to regain his hearing. On August 10 we were invited to join Rhylee’s family and friends at his ‘Switch On’ ceremony where his cochlear implants were switched on for the very first time. It was an incredibly moving experience to see Rhylee hear again and see the beginning of his sound and speech training.

We’d love it if you joined us on our run or if you spared a few clams here: http://fundraise.bridgetobrisbane.com.au/briogroup

And remember donations make us run faster :)

Yours in fun and fitness,
Janet

Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival

Each year I thoroughly look forward to seeing the best of Brisbane fashion unleashed to the public at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival. I love getting all ‘suited up’ and wandering down to the 60 metre long marquee that spreads along the Brisbane River in South Bank. I love seeing the new and upcoming models that strut the runway drowning in regional luxury. As always, I can’t wait to see what my favourite designer has been working on for the past year! Once again, I was not disappointed. Brad Webb of Darb Bridal Couture is the master of innovation and craftsmanship. Only this man could send a model down the runway wearing a full skirted, green linen (that’s right, green linen) wedding gown and make her the envy of every bride in town. Not only was the closing piece EPIC to say the least, it was enough for me to finish off my fashion week experience with an OMG!!!

 

For the Typography Lovers!

 

a-type-chair

Who needs a Gas lift, reclining, Ergonomic, posturepedic, support chair when you have these AWESOME Typography Chairs! Spell your name, your initials, and you could even play a sneaky game of ABC Musical Chairs!

Furniture inspired by typography is another trend that the Dutch showed to the world late last year. ABChairs is a series of 26 typographic chairs that were presented during Dutch Design week, 2010. 
It’s an alphabet to sit on and a series of chairs to form words with. Designed by graphic designer Roeland Otten, he described himself as “working with a conceptual approach in different fields of art and design, from graphic design to new media and video, from product design to art in public space and events”.

Thanks to using of rotational moulding of LDPE plastic during their manufacture these chairs are quite lightweight, fragile and sustainable for outdoors use. At the moment these chairs can be bought only by request. Smaller size ABChairs for kids would also be available very soon. Keep a lookout online or email him on him@roelandotten.com to find out more!

a-z-type-chair

 

Yours in typography,
Angela Purdy
(on behalf of Amber)

Semi-Permanent Hits Brisbane This Friday

 

Are you one of the lucky ones to score a ticket to Semi-Permanent in Brisbane this Friday? I hope so, because this year’s conference is looking pretty awesome and tickets are sold out!

Every year in 8 cities across the world Semi-Permanent showcases the best in graphic design, film, fine art, illustration, web design, interactive design, photography, visual effects, animation, graffiti, motion graphics, stop motion, architecture, and much more. This year the Brisbane line up includes: T-World, Toby Dixon, Gemma O’Brien, Supervixen, Sam Leach, Reg Mombassa, Kelly Thompson and Webuyyourkids. It’s always an amazing and inspiring day held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

There’s always a couple of side events, so if you’re free make sure you get down to the:

– Etcc Exhibition from 6-9pm at Sh00ting Gallery (105 Bowen Street, Spring Hill) featuring Anthony Lister, RINZEN, Sebastian Moody
– Webuyyourkids – John Carpenter Exhibition from 6pm at Nine Lives Gallery (5F Winn St, Fortitude Valley)
– Semi-Permanent After Party from 7-11pm at Nine Lives Gallery (5F Winn St, Fortitude Valley)

A few of us from Brio Group will be there so make sure you come and say hi!

Yours in inspiration,
Janet

Splendid art at Splendour in the Grass

As one of the 30,000 or so people donning my gumboots for Splendour in the Grass this weekend, I’m getting excited not only for the big acts, but also for the inspiring Spendour arts scene. This year there will be a range of interactive, digital media, street art, sculpture, peformance art and installations from Australian and international artists.

As part of Splendid (a partnership between Lismore Regional Gallery, Northern Rivers Performing Arts and Splendour in the Grass) artists, Jimmy McGilchrist and Lachlan Dowd will produce an interactive digital media project called Curious Creatures. Strange and beautiful creatures will be projected from the surrounding woods onto the festival fence line, as they roam the perimeter and respond to the actions of passers-by.

Another Splendid project is Close Encounters, by artist Jordana Maisie. A huge 6.5m UFO hovers over the crowd, with its mirrored surface reflecting the world around it. The crowd is invited to send a text to the phone number provided and have their message enter the dialogue appearing on the LED screen that wraps around the edge of the object.

Can’t wait! See you there!

Yours in festival arts,
Anya